Electro training!

I tried electro training today for the first time. It was… Different… 

As I mentioned the other day, I’ve started going to a new gym, and at this gym they also offer you electrical muscle stimulation. A friend of mine works at the gym and also performs this type of training. He convinced me to try it and said and done, I did it! 

First I had to answer some questions about my health and then I put on the clothes; a vest and a pair of “pants”. When he strapped me into the clothes I felt as if I was going climbing or maybe even that I’d jump out of a plane with a parachute, that’s the type of clothes you wear. He then put on some other straps on my arms and legs and plugged me in to his monitor.

  
I was really worried that it would hurt, but it didn’t. At first it was a tingling feeling, like someone was giving you a relaxing massage, but after a while the current became stronger and it almost felt as if someone was grabbing my muscles and pushing me forward. It’s really difficult to explain, but that was my sense of feeling. By the end of the workout he changed it to another type, anti cellulite, and that wasn’t as pleasant… It stung more than the other, but it didn’t hurt.

We did a lot of different exercises and even though it only lasted for about 20-25 min, I was sweating and my body was dead after the workout! I could feel my stiff muscles immediately and now I’m excited to see how I feel tomorrow.

  
My friend told me that this type of training shouldn’t substitute your normal workout but be a supplement. I think I’d like to try it again. The first day we did some over-all training covering the whole body, but with a little more focus on legs and the behind. Electrical muscle stimulation can also be used on only certain parts of the body to improve your results on that area, or you could use it as we did today, full body.

Right now I think I’ll continue my normal workout but when I get in better shape I might go electro again and choose a muscle group to work on. Now there are just too many parts of my body that needs to get fit…

  

Back to the (new) gym

I changed gyms over the summer. Not because I disliked my old one but because I needed to get more free time.

I used to go to Sato sports in Santa justa, Sevilla, and I had a personal trainer from Ensa sport there who helped me to get in shape and to like the gym! In summer I was working with my academy’s summer camp which we had in a sports center. This place is called supraljarafe and its in the village next to my job and has everything you need! In summer we used tracks, football fields, a sports hall and all the swimming pools. It’s the biggest sport center in Andalusia (south of Spain).

So as I got back to work in September I decided to sign up at their gym and now a colleague and I go three times a week. It’s really nice! I made a program for us (thank you Ernesto for teaching me so many exercises!) and it’s going quite well. I save a lot of time because I go during the day when I have a lunch break instead of at night which gives me a whole lot more time at home in the evenings.

  

How I learned to love the gym

As I’ve mentioned before in my posts I used to hate going to the gym and I don’t know exactly why, but how this hatred has changed during the past months amazes me.

Just after my university studies I started working at a gym and the job was fine. I worked as a receptionist at a gym that was open 24/7. The job was easy, handling memberships, make sure everything worked and was clean and just being nice to the people training. The gym also gave me a free gym card but I think I can count on my two hand how many times I used it during my two years there… It just wasn’t fun!

When I left Sweden three years ago I hadn’t done any exercise in maybe two years and I did not start until September 2014. That’s almost five years without moving my butt! Only when going out dancing and doing my every day duties. And in August, just by the end of the month, a friend asked me if another friend and I wanted to come to his gym and that sounded like a good idea, I mean I had been thinking about that I’d actually would have to start doing something soon or I’d be like an old lady very soon.

We went to the gym and I decided to sign up and so did my friend. We talked about going together, but we never did… A week after joining the gym a man called me to offer me a free hour of personal training. Yes, I know, going to these you always end up buying it, and that wasn’t something I had planned,I wanted to go to see how my physical status was and get some tips and help to get started. Once there and after having two workouts with my personal trainer, I was sold!

But being sold on a gym is so much more than a personal trainer, and here are some other things that I’ve done and that I think could help you to become more affectionate to go to the gym, or do any other exercise.

1. Set a goal of how many times a week you want to workout and stick to it.
My goal is three times a week; Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If I can’t go one day I rearrange it and maybe I’ll go Monday or Tuesday morning instead of Monday night. I also like having the weekends off, but if I one day wake up and feel like going, it’s just a bonus! And of course, if I can’t go on Friday, I have the whole weekend to make up for it.

2. Find a place that you like
It sounds silly, but if you don’t like the place you’re going to, you won’t go there when it’s raining and you don’t want to leave your house. I find the esthetics very important, my gym has to be spacious, light and have nice details, maybe like a lounge where you could wait for your friend if you go with someone. I also find the ambient very important; if the people aren’t nice, I won’t go. This might also depend on the time you’re going, I always avoid rush hours if I can, because as I said, I like it spacious.

3. Make friends or go with a friend
As I mentioned, my friend and I had the intention of going together, but we realized that we didn’t like doing the same thing, she likes swimming, I like weights. So what to do then? Get to know the people there! If you always go at a certain time, you’ll soon realize that more or less the same people are there every time you are there (once again, set a goal with certain days to go). Start with a nod, then a hello and in the end you might end up talking.

4. Get to know the staff
The receptionist, the instructor, the personal trainer, the cleaning lady, you name it. Once you start talking to them I think you’ll find it a lot easier to go to the gym because you’re not alone, and you have someone that recognizes you and that might poke you for not coming on your usual day.

5. Set a goal for yourself and find programs that will help you achieve your goal
Not everyone wants a personal trainer, even though in my opinion it’s one of the best things that happened to me last year, but everybody needs some kind of help. I find it quite boring going to the gym, repeating the same machines every day and never really see a difference. The program doesn’t have to be complicated or professional, but having a different workout for every day is good for your body and, at least for me, makes me enjoy my workout a lot more. It’s a cliche, but take a before picture! You will notice a difference. Maybe not the first few weeks, but give it two-three months and voilá!

6. Think about something that interests you that is related to exercise
I’m very into sports and the human body so I read a lot of articles and studies online. If you’re into math, search for articles about how physical exercise can improve your math skills, or if you like dogs try to look at different exercises you can do with your dog to stay healthy. I hope that everybody is interested in their health and by combining it with other interests it might just be the thing for you!

7. Make it official
Tell people that you go to the gym, or any other activity, because the more people that know that you’re going, the more you have to disappoint when you’re not going. My friends always ask me if I went to the gym and if I say no, I feel ashamed and my friends quite surprised.

8. Make your workout list
Music might be important to a lot of people. I usually listen to the music that they play in the gym because I like it, but on the weekends I bring my MP3 and plug it into the speakers (I’m often alone in the gym, but it’s because I do my workout in a separate room where the personal trainers are), and every other day I listen to my music while getting ready to go or while waking over there.

9. Delete all excuses
Always have a bag ready for going to the gym. Don’t let it be your excuse that you forgot to bring your shoes or membership card. Bring it to work and even if you didn’t plan to go that day, but at the end of the day you might just have the urge of going, and then it would be a shame if you left everything at home.

10. Remember why you’re going
It’s all about discipline and turning something “boring” into something fun. Remember why you want to go and make the most out of it.

A lot of people say that the distance to the gym is important. I agree that it shouldn’t be complicated getting to your gym, but I for example did not choose the closest gym, no, I chose the gym that I liked the most according to what I wrote in no. 2.

Most importantly though is that you go to the gym (or any other activity) because you want a change. Figure out what you want before paying the membership card, because if you haven’t agreed with yourself, how will you then succeed?

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Entrenar, entrenar

Hoy escribo otro post sobre mi gimnasio que me gusta tanto: Sato Sport y el entrenamiento de Ensa Sport.

Es un gimnasio en Sevilla, justo al lado de Santa Justa (la estación de trenes) y el edificio tiene seis plantas más una planta de piscinas y spa. Normalmente solo voy a la sexta planta para el entrenamiento personal, pero a veces bajo a la piscina.

Ayer fui de nuevo pero para entrenar sola. Cuando llegué a las 20:30 la sala estuvo llena! Creo que todos los entrenadores, menos el mío, estuvieron allí, aunque la mayoría se fueron sobre las 21. Yo no tengo problema entrenar sin mi entrenador porque ya conozco los ejercicios y el material que hay en la sala. Ahora mismo me está poniendo un programa nuevo con ejercicios nuevos, así que ayer podía entrenar “free style”.

Hablé con otro entrenador, y como ya comenté hace tiempo, cuando tengas un entrenador personal no solo tienes uno, tienes todos, así que cuando hablé con ese entrenador, me ofreció hacer un plan de entrenamiento para ese día. Y fue muy guay. Me puso un par de ejercicios que nunca he hecho antes y me vigiló media hora antes que él también se fue.

A mí me encanta mi entrenador y no le quiero cambiar por nada, pero está muy bien cuando otra persona te dirija y pone ejercicios porque son diferentes. Es como enseñar un idioma. A veces puedo explicar una cosa en mil versiones diferentes, pero al final puede ser que otra persona tiene que añadir esa última explicación para que se enteren. También cuando era entrenadora de gimnasia me acuerdo que puedes mirar una gimnasta mil veces, ves que algo está mal/raro/diferente pero no puedes precisar exactamente lo que es, porque estás tan acostumbrada de ver esa persona y sabes todo que hace bien, pero un detalle pequeño podría ser difícil ver.

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La verdad triste

Fui al gimnasio esta mañana y os digo que sí hacía falta… Tenía un amigo visitandome este fin de semana y le dejé en el aeropuerto a las 6 y fui directamente al gym. Por curiosidad me puse en la balanza aunque lo hice el viernes pasado, pero quería saber cuanto peso me había aumentado (sí, ya sé que el peso se afecta de muchas cosas).

1.1 kg más y 1% más de grasa corporal.

Un entrenador me vio y le dije que había comido mucho (y bebido…) y me preguntó “Vas a poner esto en tu blog?” y yo quiero que mi blog siempre sea verdadero aunque no siempre pongo toda la verdad. Así que, para ser verdadero y además para que yo tenga que meterle aún más caña, lo pongo aquí.

Esto es la verdad, y es la verdad dura para mi.
El viernes estaré a mis medidas normales.

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